General Interest Article
In her biographical portrait of Dr. Richard W. Pohl, Mrs. Pohl provides an engaging personal perspective of her late husband, his development as a botanist, his career, and his family life. We gain a sense of Dr. Pohl as a dedicated scientist as well as a humanist. Although Dr. Pohl possessed an abiding curiosity regarding all things natural, he is best known and remembered for his focus on grasses. As Mrs. Pohl documents, this interest in grasses began in the late 1930's and continued throughout his life-ultimately he was regarded as an authority on grass taxonomy both nationally and internationally. His contributions to plant systematics were abundant (Appendix I); as a researcher, he published numerous papers and books, and as an educator, he taught students and the public alike about the wonders of grasses and other plants.
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science
© Copyright 1997 by the Iowa Academy of Science, Inc.
Pohl, Marjorie Conley
"Richard W. Pohl: Distinguished Botanist,"
Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science: JIAS: Vol. 104:
, Article 4.
Available at: https://scholarworks.uni.edu/jias/vol104/iss3/4